Task 3, Part 2 – “Changing Batteries”

I was also tasked to think of other animations that fit with our given theme “state of change”. There are various interpretations but most people tend to look at the physical idea of “change”. Emotional or abstract change can also fit into “State of Change”. A good example is this animated short.”Changing Batteries” actually made me cry – and I don’t cry easily! In this short, one example could be how the robot started out as a mechanical being – nothing more nor less. However as time goes on he (it? It seemed boyish in nature..?) learns to behave and act like a human and learns emotions. (Though as he is a robot he may not necessarily “feel” it but a mental state perhaps.) He shows when he is excited – as when he saw the circus on the television or when he got tickets and was jumping like a giddy child, he shows when he cares – when covered the old lady with a blanket, he shows when he is happy – as when his batteries were changed or when the lady bought him a can of oil( again in a quite child-like manner), and he shows when he is sad – as when he sat with a forlorn posture alone after the lady had passed on. The change from being an emotionless mechanical robot to something that became a being that was able to show emotion and live like a human child with the old lady could fit into the theme I think. Another change would be the old lady. She is old, constantly growing older over time while in contrast the robot boy is unchanging. Eventually she dies. This could also count as a state of change. There are more little things, such as the plants being lush and green and changing over time to eventually die, just like the lady, despite the unchanging robot not changing his habit of watering them, though discussing more would turn into an essay.Now go watch it and cry guys. :’)

Task 3, Part 1: Comparison – Bill Plympton’s “Your Face”

http://tu.tv/videos/bill-plympton-your-face-short-fi

In task 3 we were instructed to compare and contrast Andreas Hykade’s film “Love and Theft” with Bill Plympton’s “Your Face”, discussing how they differ and what they have in common.

After watching both, I noticed that some of the movements (?) were similar – or the same. For example in “Your Face” the man’s head twists into blobs – the exact same was in “Love and Theft”. Both have faces merging, changing, disfragmenting – a constant state of change. There maybe other similarities but those are the main ones I saw.

The differences between them are more than obvious. “Love and Theft” appears to have been animated entirely digitally whereas “Your Face” was done with traditional drawings. The styles are different also – Hykade has a more cartoon style and incorporates various aspects from pop culture and on the other hand Plympton has a more caricature-like style and is consistent with just one, most likely original, character.

Remi Reference Painting WIP

Remi Reference Painting WIP

Here’s a screenshot for you! The character who is to be featured in my animation for the “bone to flesh” short for my uni project. He’s called Remi and this is a reference painting, extra developmental and just all round fun painting, current WIP. I wanted to try the lineless painting idea as it would work best for the animation I had in mind. Of course getting this amount of detail in the colouring and drawing may be extremely difficult in Flash but I’ll experiment to see what works best for the animation itself. This is painted in a software called Paint Tool SAI, if you were curious….I love him. *¬*

Animation Reference Research

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=human%20to%20werewolf%20transformation%20animation&sm=3

So I started having a look around for my ideas for the animated short I’m making for the project. First step is always having a look at other examples!! Combing through Youtube Videos- both animated and live examples from shows are great~ I think I’m getting some ideas but nothing definite yet 🙂

I have returned!! Mwahaha!! :D – This time it’s an animation project~

Hello world! Or people of the internets who happened to pass by my blog post here on WordPress. I have, as I (sort of) said I would, returned to my blog my posting with a new project! The new project in our Visual Literacy class this time consists of creating an ANIMATION! YAY!! (I do love animation, as much as I hate the stress and pressure and just wanting to pull my hair out it’s still quite a selfish,satisfying and fun occupation to have~) We are still required to work within our groups for the project (boo. ;^; ) however this time we will be judged more on our actual work than group and team work.  Our theme remains as “State of Change” and our brief, in a nutshell is as follows:

The organisers of the Bradford Animation Festival have
invited your agency to submit short, animated films on
theme of ‘change of state’ to be entered into their
‘Professional Films’ category.

We were given a list of options for our animation shorts, and our groups could pick two. The two we chose were “human flesh to bone” and “human to werewolf”. I will be working on the latter!

This is sure to be fun, despite the short time given to complete this. Time to get working!! 😀

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